COVID-19 Testing – how and where to get tested
South Australia has done a fantastic job of preventing the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, the South Australian Government has urged anyone displaying even mild symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.
Symptoms may include:
- fever OR chills (with no alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
- sore throat
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
- loss of taste and smell.
Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
Severe illness and fatalities occur more often in people who are older, have chronic conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension) or are immunocompromised (e.g. cancer, renal disease). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also be at increased risk.
If you are unsure whether you need to be tested or not, CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION
WHERE TO GET TESTED
There are many options to get tested for COVID-19 in South Australia. Some require a booking and others are walk-in. Some require a referral and some do not. If you are unsure what to do, call SA COVID Information Line on 1800 253 787.
Respiratory clinics (no referral required, by appointment)
Respiratory clinics do not test people without symptoms (e.g. people arrived from interstate with no symptoms who are required to get tested). Covered by Medicare, all ages, bookings essential.
Metropolitan COVID-19 clinics (no referral required)
- Flinders Medical Centre (all ages)
- Lyell McEwin Hospital (all ages)
- Royal Adelaide Hospital (people aged 18+)
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital (children and parents)
Metropolitan mobile, pop-up and drive-through clinics (no referral or booking required, all ages)
There are multiple pop-up and drive-through COVID-19 collection centres around metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia. Tests can be taken with the patient still in the vehicle, minimising the risk of spreading the infection. No referral or booking is required and it is suitable for all ages.
General Practitioner (GP)
Contact your GP about getting tested for COVID-19. If you qualify for a test your GP may test you in their clinic, they may come outside to take a swab test while you remain in your car, or they may provide you with a referral to attend a drive-through testing clinic.
SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan service to take COVID-19 tests within a persons’ home. Some regional home-based testing services are also available.
Rapid testing in hospitals
Rapid testing (60 minutes) is only available in emergency situations. This type of test is not currently available within COVID-19 clinics.
What to do after your test
After your test, go straight home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result (which you should usually get within 2 days) and:
- stay at home and do not attend work, school or childcare
- wash your hands often with soap and water
- cough and sneeze into a clean tissue or your elbow
- avoid close contact with others, including members of your household.
If you have a negative test result
It is important that you follow medical advice.
If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.
Certain people considered to be at higher-risk (PDF 52KB) such as people who have returned from travel or been in close contact with a confirmed case will need to remain in self-isolation even if they return a negative test result.
If you have a positive test result
If you have received a positive result for COVID-19, visit the Information about a positive result for COVID-19 page for information about what to do.
Cost of COVID-19 tests
There is no cost to Medicare eligible patients for COVID-19 testing if you are tested at ***SA Health or PHN facilities.
Private providers may charge a gap for COVID-19 testing.
Overseas residents who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance. For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, SA Health hospitals and COVID-19 testing centres will waive the costs of diagnosis (tests) and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Advice from SA Health
**There is no need to stockpile food or toilet paper. Please be considerate of the needs of others. However, you may want to have a few weeks of essential items such as regular medications in case you become unwell and cannot leave your home except to seek medical treatment.
If you are well, you do not need to wear a mask unless you have been advised to do so by a medical provider. Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who are suspected or have COVID-19 from spreading it to others.
We all have a part to play in reducing the risk of getting sick and stopping the spread of infections:
🏡 Stay home from work and school if you are unwell (e.g. don’t go shopping or use public transport until you are well).
🤒 Avoid contact with others if you are sick (particularly vulnerable people such as older persons and people with chronic medical conditions).
🙅♀️ If others are sick, keep your distance from them as much as possible (at least 1.5 metres), avoid close contact such as shaking hands, hugging, kissing.
💧 Wash hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose or handling used tissues.
🤧 Cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your elbow (then dispose of in bin)
✋ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food, until you have washed your hands.
📱 Wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
- Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- Australian Government Department of Health – click here
- SA Health Website – click here
- Smart traveller website – click here
- SA Health Facebook Page – click here
- Health Direct website – click here
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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